Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Postdoctoral Research Associates


The Mathias laboratory in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT is seeking to recruit a highly motivated and skilled Postdoctoral Research Associate to study the role of mast cells in the development of food allergy. Our laboratory focuses on the investigation of mechanisms governing the homeostasis and activation of mast cells during allergic responses.

The University of Connecticut is home to world-class biomedical research facilities and is ranked as the #1 public university in New England and in the top 25 public universities in the US. The Department of Nutritional Sciences, ranked in the top 7 among 96 similar programs in the US, oversees an active undergraduate and graduate research program, accompanied by journal clubs, research seminars by faculty, students, and renowned scientists, as well as joint research lab meetings. Departmental faculty work on several collaborative projects investigating the molecular and immunological basis of diseases such as metabolic syndrome, obesity, and food allergy. We are also part of a vibrant research community on campus, with several faculty collaborating with investigators across UConn, and participating in joint seminars with faculty from the School of Pharmacy and the School of Medicine at UConn Health.


The Postdoctoral Research Associate will work under the supervision of Dr. Mathias and help lead, design, and execute NIH-funded projects aimed at assessing mechanisms by which IL-10 regulates mast cell responses during food allergy. Additionally, other mechanisms of food allergy and mast cell-mediated responses may also be explored, depending on need and interest. Responsibilities include data collection, analysis, manuscript preparation, and presentation of data at regional and national meetings. The incumbent will also participate in the supervision and training of students, technicians, and other laboratory personnel. Additionally, the incumbent will join and actively participate in seminars and research meetings. The ideal candidate is expected to have a strong background in immunology and biochemistry and will be required to work with both mouse models and tissue cultures.


  • Ph.D. degree in immunology or a closely related field.
  • Experience working with mice and knowledge of molecular, cellular, and immunological techniques.
  • Good writing and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and meet multiple deadlines.
  • Attention to detail, organization, hard-working, a commitment to laboratory research, able to work both independently as well as in a team environment.


  • The ideal candidate should have a strong track record, be highly driven and creative, and have a passion for studying immunology.
  • Laboratory research experience in immunology is preferred, with additional background knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology.
  • The candidate will ideally have extensive experience with in vivo animal models of immunological disease, multiparameter flow cytometry, in vitro cell culture assays, and other immunological, molecular, and cellular techniques.
  • The ideal candidate is expected to have a proven academic publication track record, including first-authored publications, and should have outstanding scientific writing and communication skills.


This is a full-time, annually renewable position contingent upon performance and available federal funding. Salary will be commensurate with experience.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #497068 to upload a CV, letter of interest, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on May 31, 2023. 

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The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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